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Can Windows Phone 7 compete with the iPhone?
Microsoft is a late entrant into the smartphone wars. How does its new product stand up against the iPhone and Droid?
One of the Windows smartphones, the HTC DH7, sold out one day after its release.
One of the Windows smartphones, the HTC DH7, sold out one day after its release.
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n Monday, AT&T and T-Mobile began selling smartphones powered by Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant's first aggressive push into the high-end mobile market. Early signs indicate that the Windows-powered devices are selling briskly. But over the long run, can old-guard Microsoft hope to compete with the cultural cachet of the iPhone and its brethren? (Watch a Windows Phone 7 ad)

Probably so — it's a great product: Windows Phone 7 features "the most aggressively different, fresh approach to a phone interface" since Apple's blockbuster came out in 2007, says Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo. The user interface feels "amazing," and the built-in apps are "almost gratuitously tasty eye candy." Should you choose a Microsoft-powered device over an iPhone? That will become more clear "in six months, after the ecosystem has filled out."
"Windows Phone 7 review: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a race"

It's a good product, anyway: After playing around with Windows Phone 7 phones," says Walt Mossberg in The Wall Street Journal, I would agree that "Microsoft has used its years in the smartphone wilderness" to devise a "novel and attractive" user interface. Overall, the product does have some advantages over competitors like the iPhone — for instance, the built-in Office suite. That said, "I couldn't find a killer innovation that would be likely to make iPhone or Android users envious."
"Windows Phone 7 novel but lacking"

Check back in a year: After a long run-up to its release, it would be nice if Windows Phone 7 had "the fit and finish of a fully realized product," says Joshua Topolosky at Engadget, "but that isn't exactly the case." Though "there's a lot to like or even love in WP7," including "really pleasant" web browsing and "accurate and nuanced touch response," Microsoft still "feels a good year behind market leaders right now."
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